May 2018, arsenal cinema

Technologies of Violence

LESSONS OF WAR, 2014

The short film series curated by Maria Morata and Piedad Solans explores the relationship between arts, digital technologies, and the contemporary production of violence over five programs. Technology as a system of organization, services, and control holds the tools for global domination in machines, the Internet and electronic systems – for a new era of political security whose field of representation is cyberspace. In semio-capitalism, digital images are produced, manipulated, and disseminated by the military complex, the leisure industry and the media and are a powerful instrument of ideological propaganda. The role of the technological image in the digital context opens up critical reflection on the paradoxes of the technosphere which frames them: between transparency and invisibility, control and optimization, utopia and dystopia.

Bild ex machina (16.5.) challenges the breakthrough in using images for military purposes in the civil sector. Surveillance from the air and the observation of protected areas and weapons factories are set again the subversive use of drone technologies and Google Earth perspectives.

War machines (23.5.) shows mythologies of violence with their icons, landscapes, war games, and emblematic figures. The films of the program subvert and change digital programs, video games and virtual scenarios and reveal the effects of violence as well as the strategies of destruction and  forced population movement in armed conflict.

Hyperoptics: Visibiltiy or invisibility (31.5.) reflects on digital materiality, data farming, market-oriented analyses of online information and resisting surveillance systems. The series continues in June (mm/ps)

A project by Art Santa Mónica, with the support of the Institut Ramon Llull and the Embassy of Spain.

arsenal cinema: Retrospective Pietro Germi

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Alfredo, Alfredo

Alfredo, Alfredo Italy/France 1972
With Dustin Hoffman, Stefania Sandrelli, Saro Urzì
35 mm OV/EnS 107 min

arsenal cinema: Technologies of Violence

08:00 pm Cinema 2


Symbolic Threats

Black Transparency

Fragments on Machines

Road Trip to the Dutch Mountains

Land of Desire – Happy is the New Black

Stopover in Dubai

Hyperoptics: Visibiltiy or invisibility
Symbolic Threats Matthias Wermke, Lutz Henke, Mischa Leinkauf
Germany 2015 Digital file English OV 15 min
Black Transparency Metahaven NL 2013 Digital file English OV 14 min
Fragments on Machines Emma Charles UK 2013 Digital file OV 15 min
Road Trip to the Dutch Mountains Michiel van Bakel NL 2015 Digital file OV 3 min
Land of Desire – Happy is the New Black
Donna Verheijden NL 2016 Digital file OV/EnS 18 min
Stopover in Dubai Chris Marker F 2011 Digital file OV/EnS 27 min

Introduced by Maria Morata